WKA: Pit Board 2009-05-27

WKA's Pit Board - 05.27.2009 *** WKA Adds New Conveniences To Pre-Registering For Road America Zoom Zoom Nationals 05.27.2009 -- Entry forms for the Zoom Zoom Nationals at Road America have been posted on the WKA Web site. The George Kugler...

WKA's Pit Board - 05.27.2009

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WKA Adds New Conveniences To Pre-Registering For Road America Zoom Zoom Nationals

05.27.2009 -- Entry forms for the Zoom Zoom Nationals at Road America have been posted on the WKA Web site. The George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda is open now for pre-entry and the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda pre-registration opens on Wednesday, June 3.

For your convenience WKA now allows competitors to fax or e-mail their pre-entry to WKA in addition to traditional mail and shipping services. The entry form does not denote this method of payment, but this is acceptable!

Payment will be accepted via check, money order, VISA or MasterCard. If paying by credit card, please be sure to write in your account number, expiration, billing address and the three-digit security code. Also, if you choose to submit via fax / pdf, payment information must accompany the entry form.

Note: Be advised, e-mail is not a secure way to send credit card information. If you choose to pre-enter via e-mail and want to pay via credit card, WKA encourages you to make a note on the entry form that you will call the WKA office (704-455-1606) with credit card information. If you e-mail credit card information, you are doing it at your own risk.

All competitors are encouraged to pre-enter. This saves racers a few dollars with discounted fees and also saves time when arriving to the track. For road racers, pre-registering will provide a better grid position as WKA grids in order of received entries.

Non-members of WKA may pre-enter. Note that you will need to be a temporary member for the weekend. The fee to become a temporary member is $20 per driver. We would encourage you to download, complete and submit a National Temporary Membership with your pre-entry. (The Temporary Membership is the standard WKA membership application and license endorsement application. You will just check off the $20 Temp box -- not the Master Member box at the top of the app.)

And by completing the applications advance, you accomplish two things. First, you'll get the paperwork out of the way before you arrive at the track. Second, you'll also provide WKA with the necessary info that details the driver history that will allow us to process pre-entries for those registering for Road Race classes with RR Class 2 or higher endorsements.

Note: Man Cup competitors do not need to complete the license endorsement application.

Please contact WKA if you have questions. Contact information can be found at the following link: Link - www.worldkarting.com/pg/contacts/office.html

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RaceFanRadio Partners with SpeedcastTV For Ground Breaking Webcast Of The Inaugural CKI Event This Weekend

05.27.2009 -- RaceFanRadio President and CEO Charlie Brown announced last week that the 3-year-old Internet media outlet will partner with SpeedcastTV.com for a live video webcast of the inaugural Championship Karting International event this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park.

The groundbreaking webcast will be the first live video stream in the karting industry to incorporate "network TV type production" with enhanced graphics, a live timing and scoring crawler and pre-produced video packages amongst numerous other broadcast elements. The video production company collaborating on the project is Michigan-based SpeedcastTV.com, a veteran of numerous road racing and karting projects over the last three years.

For full details, log on to www.RaceFanRadio.com or www.SpeedcastTV.com. For all the information about this weekend's CKI opener at New Castle, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.

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Karting Champions Making Good Elsewhere In The Sport: Former WKA Man Cup Champion Christian PaHud Making Headlines In North Carolina Late Models

05.27.2009 -- When Christian PaHud was winning WKA Bridgestone / George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup driven by Mazda races and championships, he hadn't yet reached teenage years and was still living in Dayton, Ohio. Now 16 and residing in Harrisburg, N.C., PaHud is still winning races and contending for championships, but he's doing it the limited late model division at western North Carolina's Tri-County Motor Speedway.

PaHud has put up outstanding numbers since his first limited late model race in the fall of 2008. He finished fourth in a 30-car field that night at Tri-County, and hasn't slowed down since -- beginning 2009 with three straight feature wins before finishing fourth on May 15.

In five career limited late model starts at Tri-County, PaHud has finished no worse than fourth. He credits much of his success to the driving experience he's been able to gain over the years, beginning in sprint-style karts. He won two Man Cup national championships in 2004.

"Racing karts taught me more than I can ever say," Christian said. "I enjoyed my time in WKA and I'll have good friends for life because of our time racing karts. I'm really happy with the success we've had since, but I still often think about racing karts and the great races I had against a lot of great drivers."

For more information on Christian, visit www.christianpahud.com or contact the Team Full Throttle Driver Development Program at 704-664-1755.

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WKA Man Cup Racer Chris Wehrheim Makes SST Modified Tour Debut In New York

05.27.2009 -- Fresh off a double podium weekend at the second round of the WKA Manufacturer's Cup championship, Chris Wehrheim traveled to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., to make his debut on the SST Modified tour. The 23-year-old driver from Atlanta is making the move from road racing to oval racing and seeing success straight out of the box.

Spencer Speedway is widely known as one of the most difficult tracks to learn in New York, so Chris would have his work cut out for him. Chris started 19th in the 100-lap feature. He took the first quarter of the race conserving the equipment and slowly working his way through the pack. By halfway he was sitting 11th and looking to move into the top 10. It was time to go, and Chris made some great passes throughout the latter stages of the race to finish in sixth position.

"The car was just awesome and I couldn't have asked for a better performance in my first race," commented Wehrheim. "I really have to thank Terry Zacharias and the whole crew for all of their hard work and help. I am looking forward to making a few more starts at Spencer Speedway and going after a feature victory."

Chris will also be competing in the hotly contested KF2 division in the new Championship Karting International series. The first race of the series is this weekend at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park. Chris also would like to thank his following sponsors for all of their support -- Grand Products, Alpinestars, Bridgestone, Top Kart, Comer, and MB K Line.

For more information, contact Rising Star Motorsports Development at 404-432-8706 or e-mail info@risingstarmotorsports.com.

-credit: wka

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